There may come a time when your back pain reduces the quality of your life.
Everyday activities, such as walking, shopping or housework, can become
difficult or unbearable. Taking part in favorite hobbies, such as golf
or bowling, may be a thing of the past because conservative measures like
diet, exercise and medications no longer provide pain relief. If this
describes your situation and you want relief from chronic back and neck
pain, take the first step today.
Benefits of Spine Surgery at the Advanced Spine Institute:
- Minimally invasive and laser spine procedures
- Small incisions for faster recovery
- Fellowship-trained spine surgeons
- 3D imaging during the procedure for pinpoint precision
- Customized procedures
- Healing-designed recovery unit
- Nurse navigator to guide you through process
Award-winning care for
At the Advanced Spine Institute at Alvarado Hospital, our surgeons use
the latest advances in minimally invasive spine surgery to ensure the
best outcomes and less recovery time. If you want want relief from chronic
neck and back pain, take the first step toward your new life and contact
us. No need to travel out of state with the most advanced minimally invasive
procedures, including laser surgery, is offered in San Diego.
Our spine specialists treat a variety of back and neck conditions, including:
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Neck Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Scoliosis
- Many other conditions
Common Spine Surgery Procedures
We also offer
non-surgical treatments for the spine.
Why Choose the Advanced Spine Institute
Based on the Marshall Steele program, nationally renowned for superior
outcomes in spine surgery, Alvarado Hospital's spine care is among
the best in the nation. Not only are we among the top 5% in the nation
for spine surgery as
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, but we're the
only hospital in the state of California to be ranked among America's 100
Best Hospital for Spine and Orthopedic Surgery four years in a row (Healthgrades,
2014-2017). In addition, we are the
only hospital in the city of San Diego to receive the 2017
Patient Safety Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015-2017).
Alvarado Hospital brought together the region's
top spine surgeons and combined their surgical expertise with a beautiful recovery unit featuring
San Diego’s landscapes and landmarks, based on healing design.
Our Personal Approach
We have created a unique program that brings together a team of experienced
and skilled surgeons with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians.
Our goal is to provide seamless, coordinated care, and get you back to
your favorite activities as soon as possible.
We offer an outcome-driven program to maximize your recovery and get you
back to enjoying your life. Our innovative program results in superior
outcomes through a unique combination of wellness-focused strategies,
- Healing-designed recovery unit reflecting San Diego's beautiful landscapes
- Comprehensive patient and family education pre- and post-surgery
- Early mobilityfor quicker recovery
- Family-focused environment, including family participation in coaching,
therapy, meals and other activities
- Patients wear comfortable clothes from home—no hospital gowns!
- All private rooms and bathrooms
- Marshall Steele-modeled programs for superior outcomes and high patient
While your hospital stay will be short, we have created a unit focused
only on joint and spine surgery patients—in a healing environment
to enhance recovery. No hospital gowns for this crowd. You get to wear
your own clothes from home! Family members, including a loved one you
identify as your “coach,” are encouraged to participate in
group activities, meals and other special events on the unit.
Exercise and therapy are provided in a group setting, so that our patients
can support and encourage each other on the road to recovery. Our staff
is hand-picked for their positive attitudes, motivational skills, and
their desire to provide outstanding service. In addition, they have been
specially trained to provide comprehensive clinical care for patients
undergoing this important surgery.
Spine Procedures Offered
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We believe the key to better outcomes is a commitment to provide you with
a thorough understanding and knowledge of what to expect during your surgical
experience. Knowing what to expect each step of the way goes a long way
to reducing stress and anxiety, and prepares you for as smooth a recovery
The information you receive prior to and after your surgery includes:
- Engaging community outreach seminars
- An informative pre-op class for patients and family
- A patient guidebook
- Daily newsletters and other educational materials while in the hospital
- Post-op follow-up and patient reunions
- Dedicated care coordinator to help you navigate the process
We have a dedicated care coordinator to ensure you are guided through
every step of this process. We hold frequent seminars on the most common
causes and the latest treatment options for shoulder, knee and hip pain.
You’ll learn the top things you can do for arthritis, as well as
information on the newest medications and diet and exercise tips.
Visit our website for more details about the national recognition of our
patient safety and high-quality care, as well as to take an
online video tour of the unit. We are happy to answer your questions. Our spine care coordinators
can be reached at (619) 229-4548 or
e-mail us (do not include confidential information in your e-mail). You can reach
us 24/7 by calling (800) ALVARADO (800) 258-2723.
Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an orthopedic
specialist who meets your needs. To see a list of orthopedists who are
part of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute,
click here. You also can call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) for a customer service
rep who can assist you or our care coordinator (619) 229-4548 or
e-mail (do not include confidential information in your e-mail).
Alvarado Advantage Club
Join our free
Alvarado Advantage Club and take advantage of some extra benefits, such as priority parking and
private room (when available), 10% discount at the Alvarado Cafe and Gift
Shop, 10% discount at the Alvarado Medical Plaza Pharmacy, in-room newspaper
delivery if hospitalized, discount at partner hotels, first notice of
special events and lectures, and much more! For more information and to
register, call (800) 258-2723 or